Kenyan Teen Listed on BBC 1Xtra Hot For 2019

11 January of 2019 by

19-Year-old British born to Kenyan parents Hamzaa has been listed among 15 other artists slated to be the biggest new acts for 2019 by international broadcasting powerhouse BBC 1Xtra.

Hamzaa who is an R&B soul-singer, songwriter and producer who hails from Hackney East London. She blew up in the UK in 2018 after she was invited to perform live at BBC’s ‘Later With Jools Holland’ show, and the excited audience compared her to Amy Winehouse for her vocal prowess.

Since being announced as a hot pick for 2019, Kenyans have been showing her love online and she has been responding excitingly, repping the Kenyan flag on such a grand platform.

Hamzaa released a 6-track EP last year November, which has garnered her over 1.4 million streams across Apple Music and Spotify.

The EP is a collection of work, that tells the story of her first great heartbreak: the good, the bad and the ugly, in a way that’s painstakingly raw and honest. Written partly during the hardest time of her life. It journeys through her innermost emotions and releases her prowess along the way.

Her tracks like ‘Breathing’ and ‘You’ have been listed on BBC’s playlist as well as Homeboyz Radio right here in Nairobi.

It’s a great feeling to find a Kenyan taking the international stage head on and winning while at it.


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